Meet Our Talented Teaching Team
Dance training includes classes and residencies in Chicago, New York City and throughout the Cleveland area. Among these are Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, NYC Tap City, Tradition in Tap, School of Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Cleveland City Dance and Dance by Gloria. This included classes with such greats as the late legendary Frank Hatchett, Finis Jhung, Randy Skinner (Broadway Choreographer - 42nd Street, White Christmas), Bob Audy, Bebe Neuwirth(Fosse Technique), Ann Reinking, Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Professor Robert Reed, Diane Walker, the late Dr. Harold Cromer, the late Gus Giordano, Brenda Bufalino, Karen Calloway-Williams, Rob Ashford (Broadway Choreographer - Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Boys From Syracuse), the late David Howard, Mia Michaels, Andy Blankenbueler, and the legendary Silver Belles.
Mime studies took place at Kenyon College with Alithea Mime Theater under C. Nicholas Johnson of Wichita State University, as well as Beyond the Word seminar with the internationally acclaimed Stefan Niedzialkowski of the Warsaw Mime Theater, Studio Mimow and teacher at Corporeal Mime at Marcel Marceas’s L’Ecole Internationale de Mimodrome de Paris.
Theatrical training includes Second City TV and Creative Acting School formerly in NYC. Jolene has appeared on local, regional, touring and NYC stages. Some favorite roles include A Chorus Line (Cassie), Oliver (Nancy), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mrs. Meers), Nine (Liliane LaFleur), The Sound of Music (Elsa), Annie (Lily), Chicago (Hunyak), and Cats (Jennyanydots).
Jolene has directed and choreographed numerous musicals including, but not limited to, Music Man, Annie, Oliver, West Side Story, World Goes Round, Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz, Les Miserable, Titanic, Cinderella, Seussical and 101 Dalmatians. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Brecksville Theater on the Square and has worked tirelessly on many of their productions. She is also a trained vocalist having studied in Cleveland and New York.
Jolene is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Elementary Education and Dental Hygiene (B.S., B.A). She is a member of the International Tap Association, National Dance Educators Association, and is an Actors Equity Candidate.
She taught accredited ballet classes at Lakeland Community College and presently teaches ballet at Cleveland City Dance.
In competition, Bridget’s choreography was awarded Best Showmanship at the Tremaine Dance Competition.
Her former students have danced and performed with Pittsburg Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Greensboro Ballet, and the National American Miss Pageant.
Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Mackenzie's dance background extends beyond ballet as she was also a professional NBA dancer as a Cleveland Cavalier Girl and a professional AHL dancer as a Monster Hockey Girl. She has taught ballet, pointe, acro, jazz, hip hop, and ballet for figure skaters, choreographed for show choirs, and taught for Arts in Strongsville summer camps. Mackenzie has performed lead roles in community productions of Cinderella (Cinderella), Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian lead), Sound of Music (Leisl), and Singin in the Rain (dance soloist). She is the current Flag Corps advisor for Parma Sr. High School. She holds a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and a minor in Dance from the University of Akron where she graduated summa sum laude. Mackenzie is currently earning an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Kent State University.
"Dance by Gloria definitely helped me to pursue my dreams of dancing in college and hopefully professionally in the long run. I would not be where I am today without the wonderful staff. Everyone I grew up with there has supported me through everything I do. The studio provides a positive learning experience all while teaching proper technique"
held captain positions on each team. She was named an All-American by the
National Cheerleading Association twice during high school.
Halle attended Baldwin Wallace University where she majored in Business and Marketing, and was a member of the Cheerleading team all 4 years and captain senior year. During her junior and senior year she also danced for the Cleveland Gladiators AFL dance team; the Goddesses. Directly following that season she was chosen to represent Cleveland on the “Dream Team” at the AFL Arena Bowl. Halle then became a
member of the Cleveland Cavalier Girls NBA dance team. In the summer of 2014 she
spent time as a back-up dancer for Lance Bass from NSYNC. Her training continues as she also coaches/teaches various dance, cheerleading and fitness classes.